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Encyclopedia > Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Director Jonathan Mostow
Producer Mario F. Kassar, Hal Lieberman, Joel B. Michaels, Andrew G. Vajna, Colin Wilson
Writer John D. Brancato
Michael Ferris
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nick Stahl
Claire Danes
Kristanna Loken
Distributor Warner Bros.
Released July 2, 2003
Runtime 109 min
Language English
Awards: None
IMDb Page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181852/)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (commonly abbreviated T3) is a 2003 movie directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. It is the sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

Its release date within the United States was July 2, 2003.

This movie was Arnold Schwarzenegger's last movie before becoming Governor of California, after being elected in the 2003 California recall. Interestingly, the DVD release of this movie was scheduled several weeks after the election, in order to ride a wave of publicity focused on Schwarzenegger.

Tagline: The Machines Will Rise



  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator
  • Nick Stahl John Connor
  • Claire Danes Kate Brewster
  • Kristanna Loken T-X
  • David Andrews Robert Brewster
  • Mark Famiglietti Scott Petersen
  • Earl Boen Dr. Peter Silberman
  • Moira Harris Betsy
  • Chopper Bernet Chief Engineer
  • Christopher Lawford Brewster's Aide (as Chris Lawford)
  • Carolyn Hennesy Rich Woman
  • Jay Acovone Cop - Westside Street
  • M.C. Gainey Roadhouse Bouncer
  • Susan Merson Roadhouse Clubgoer #1
  • Elizabeth Morehead Roadhouse Clubgoer #1


In the absence of the previously scheduled Judgment Day, John Connor has gone from messiah to burn-out and is wandering aimlessly around Southern California. Unfortunately it seems the apocalypse was only postponed by his actions in the 2nd movie, and the Air Force has taken over the Skynet project where Cyberdyne left off. A new pair of Terminators are sent back to respectively kill and protect Connor, his future wife and would-be resistance lieutenants.

In this sequel, the T-800 (played by Schwarzenegger) is again the protector, keeping Connor and Kate Brewster (played by Danes) safe from the T-X Terminatrix (played by Loken), an even more advanced Terminator sent from the future to terminate Connor and his future lieutenants, including Brewster.

In a plot twist, this particular model of T-800 reveals that he is in fact the murderer of John Connor in the distant future and that his wife (who will be Brewster) reprogrammed him for the mission. This plot point serves to illustrate the complete lack of both emotion and personal will that the machines possess. In the end, Brewster's father, an air force officer in charge of the Skynet project, tricks Connor and his daughter into taking cover from the impending Skynet attack in a VIP bomb shelter, by telling them that it is where the Skynet mainframe is located. The revelation that 'Skynet' is in fact a distributed computer program serves to update the film to modern technology which was deemed too obscure to be used in the original film.

It has been argued that Skynet would be unable to continue to operate after the nuclear weapons explode because of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) emission.


External links

  • Official website (http://www.terminator3.com/)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181852/) at the Internet Movie Database



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